Originally built in 1927 and located in Death Valley National Park, the mission-style Inn at Death Valley celebrated its $100 million transformation with a grand reopening celebration in November 2018. The property, owned by Xanterra Travel Collection, features 66 updated rooms, a renovated fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge, the new Tranquility Spa, and a spring-fed pool bordered by a new café and cabanas. Twenty-two one-bedroom casitas have been added along with Mission Gardens, a prime location for outdoor events.

The Inn’s family-friendly sister property, The Ranch at Death Valley, underwent a transformation of its own with the addition of a mission-style town square, complete with a courtyard with a welcoming reception area. Another new feature is a central hub for entertainment and socialization featuring a retail store, ice cream counter and Western saloon.

Located next to The Ranch, the 18-hole Furnace Creek Golf Course at Death Valley (the world’s lowest golf course at -214 feet) also underwent a massive renovation primarily focused on water conservation and the transition of 15 acres of maintained turf to desert with native plantings that use little water. Non-chlorinated water from the two properties’ two spring-fed pools is used to irrigate landscaping and the golf course.

Salt Lake City, Denver and Boise are three shining examples from the U.S. Mountain West.

 

From terraces, lawns and pavilions to decks, islands and ice bars, options are abundant and magnificent. 

 

Snow Bear Chalets, the world’s first ski-in/ ski-out luxury treehouses, has completed its first year of welcoming groups and individual guests at Whitefish Mountain Resort with great success. The three tree - houses, situated alongside the slopes, sleep a total of 22 guests. The three-story Cedar Chalet is ideal for a retreat, sleeping 10 and featuring four bathrooms, a living room/ kitchen/dining area that seats 20, and a spacious outdoor deck with seating for 10.